OPINIONS: Fighting Islamic Terror: A Personal Duty

September 10, 2011

Fighting Islamic Terror: A Personal Duty

Stop waiting for the government to get this fight right. Do what you can on your own.

What to Say to the Totalitarian Left on 9/11/11

by Phyllis Chesler

The definitive take-down for all who blame America first.

Gunwalker Explodes: FBI Hid Weapon, Tax Dollars Subsidized Murder

by Bob Owens

The depth of the scandal dramatically widened yesterday.

The Familes of 9/11 Victims Speak

by Elise Cooper

Exclusive interviews with some of the loved ones of those who perished. (Also read: “Commemorate 9/11 by Stopping Iran“)

Fighting Islamic Terror: A Personal Duty

by Ryan Mauro

Stop waiting for the government to get this fight right. Do what you can on your own.

September 10, 2011 

Department of Homeland Security Was an Overreaction; Abolish It

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The idea was to improve the coordination of the federal government’s counterterrorism effort, but the result has been an ever-expanding bureaucracy. In a new paper, Cato scholar David Rittgers argues that the DHS should be abolished: “Instead of pandering to fear and overreacting to every potential threat, policymakers should keep the risk of terrorist attacks in perspective and focus public resources on cost-effective measures.”

Ten Years Since 9/11: The Foreign Policy Impact

Since 9/11, America’s standing in the world has fallen to dangerously low levels, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributing significantly to this decline. On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Cato looks back at the legacy of 9/11 on U.S. foreign policy.

Ten Years Since 9/11: Preserving Our Civil Liberties

The Bush and Obama administrations’ efforts to prevent another major terrorist attack have created an alarming imbalance between security concerns and the protection of personal freedoms. Cato scholars reflect upon the civil liberties legacy of 9/11:

Ponzi Scheme Pedigree
Rosslyn Smith
It is instructive to look at where that term has been used before to describe the American Social Security system and by whom. More

The Businessman Versus the Career Politician
J. Robert Smith
Whom do Republican voters want as president, asked Romney: a businessman like him or a career politician like Perry? A slam-dunk choice for career politician-averse GOP voters, you say? More

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The Five Biggest Sacrifices Obama Wants Us To Make ‘Right Away’

by Amy Peikoff

“Sacrifice” means “the surrender of a greater value for the sake of a lesser one or of a nonvalue.”

Oops! Left’s New Role Model Is a Christian Conservative

by Paul Cooper

Think Progress’s new Saint of Class Warfare is actually part of the dreaded “religious right.”

Fighting Islamic Terror: A Personal Duty

by Ryan Mauro

Stop waiting for the government to get this fight right. Do what you can on your own.

The Real Perry/Aga Khan Curriculum Is Bad For Children
Pamela Geller
Last weekend the Thinker ran an article by Amil Imani and a blog by Andrew Bostom, both of which gave a stamp of approval to Rick Perry’s public-school Islamic school curriculum. More

Do We Matter?
Richard Baehr
David Horowitz, fierce enemy of the left, on death, the fate that awaits all living things. More

The School Budgeting Con
Peter Wilson
Before crying too many tears over budget cuts, look at where the money goes. More

The Continuing Disgrace of U.S. Education
Gary Jason
If Americans dared to hope that their K-12 educational system might be improving, several new articles will bring the poor souls back to reality. More

The Black Friday Effect
Michael Hoag
Rescinding promises to the mob is out of the question; there is a legal precedent for their elevated status and a fear of their power. More

Famous Economist Inadvertently Blurts Out the Truth About Keynesian Economics
Fred N. Sauer
Thank you to a Princeton professor. More

Andre Carson’s Racist Family Ties
M. Catharine Evans
It should be no surprise the representative from Indiana’s 7th district fabricated racial incidents in 2010 and used KKK imagery last week to smear the Tea Party. More

In My Backyard
Jim Gammon
In my backyard, things are different from the world we see in the media. Life in my backyard makes sense to me and my family, it’s a simple place. More

President Obama Offers the Military a ‘Risky Scheme’
Elizabeth Herring
When President Obama provides his roadmap for saving the economy, he needs to explain why it is bad to privatize Social Security but good to privatize military retirement. More

Defense: Neglected, Ignored, And Marginalized
Zbigniew Mazurak
This neglect of, and disinterest in, defense by the electorate and the political class alike has helped cause the low state of readiness of the U.S. military today and made it easier for opponents of a strong defense to gut it. Here’s how. More

I Took a Look at a Book on my Nook
Ron Lipsman
I love books, always have. For most of my life I was a frequent patron of the local library. So I figured that I would try an e-reader. More

9/11 Tenth Anniversary  

Construction workers look up at the rising One World Trade Center tower, lighted in red, white, and blue in honor of the tenth anniversary of 9/11.


Did the post-9/11 decade make us stronger?

September 10, 2011, at 9:50 AMThe U.S. has spent trillions to prevent more terrorist attacks, but some critics charge that we’re barely any safer as a result

U.S. Opinion  

A man pays tribute at a 9/11 memorial


Weekend talking points: 7 top stories

September 9, 2011, at 6:05 PMWhat happened this week? Obama trumpeted a new jobs plan. Moammar Gadhafi evaded capture. And Americans remembered 9/11

9/11 Tenth Anniversary  

September 11 memorial, 2002


Ten years of remembering 9/11: A slideshow

September 9, 2011, at 5:49 PMPhotographers capture the pain of the 9/11 attacks — and the nation’s commitment to honoring the fallen


Two brothers face off in a mixed martial arts bout in the "man-weepie" movie "Warrior."


Warrior: A ‘Rocky for an empire in decline’?

September 9, 2011, at 5:24 PMThe small dramatic film about estranged brothers forced into the violent world of mixed martial arts is surprising critics with its emotional punch

The Mel Gibson Scandal  

Five years after a drunken, anti-Semitic tirade, Mel Gibson wants to dramatize, and possibly portray, an ancient Jewish warrior in a new movie.


Irony alert: Mel Gibson to make Jewish hero movie

September 9, 2011, at 4:57 PMNotorious for his anti-Semitic rants, Gibson is developing a movie about Judah Maccabee — one of the greatest warriors in Jewish lore


Bankrupt USA  

The California headquarters of solar-panel maker Solyndra: The FBI's raid here Thursday may take a toll on President Obama, who gave the company hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus money.


What the FBI’s Solyndra raid means: 3 theories

September 9, 2011, at 4:41 PMThe saga of the bankrupt company that once played a starring role in President Obama’s green jobs push takes an unexpected turn


The Bachmann Campaign  

While the Republican Party opted to forgo a formal response to President Obama's jobs speech, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) offered her own unsanctioned rebuttal.


Michele Bachmann’s jobs speech rebuttal: ‘Odd’ or ‘powerful’?

September 9, 2011, at 3:48 PMAfter President Obama unveils a $447 billion plan to jolt the economy, the GOP presidential hopeful goes rogue with her own response



The machine that magically brews beer in seven days


For those who have everything

September 9, 2011, at 3:28 PMA Willy Wonka-esque contraption that brews beer in just seven days — and more in our collection of bizarrely elite consumer products

9/11 Tenth Anniversary  

Bruce Springsteen during his worldwide "The Rising" tour in 2003: The American rocker's musical response to 9/11 has its share of detractors.


Springsteen’s The Rising: Does it deserve to be 9/11′s soundtrack?

September 9, 2011, at 3:02 PMThe Boss’ musical response to the attacks continues to inspire many fans — even if some critics blast the album as nothing but a bombastic collection of cliches



Zoey Deschanel in Fox's new fall comedy "New Girl" may be adorable, but for those who aren't a fan of her trademark cuteness it may be too much to bear.


Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl: Fall’s best new TV show?

September 9, 2011, at 2:20 PMThe awkward-but-lovable actress headlines Fox’s new comedy, which is earning high praise for the “fully adorkable” star

9/11 Tenth Anniversary  

A temporary memorial for the 40 people killed when United Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001: The heroics of the men and women on board prevented a potential attack on Washington, D.C.


The heroes of Flight 93

September 9, 2011, at 1:47 PMA new book offers a detailed account of how passengers ended a 9/11 flight before it crashed into the Capitol


9/11 Tenth Anniversary  

The recently released 9/11 attack tapes have so much immediacy, says one writer, it's as if "that horrific morning were unfolding again right in front of you."


The ‘chilling’ 9/11 audio tapes: 5 takeaways

September 9, 2011, at 12:23 PMThe 114 recordings from just before, during, and after the attacks offer new insights into the day’s confusion and horror. And it’s hard to stop listening

In-depth Briefings  

IQ test scores in the U.S. increased by an average of three points per decade during the 20th century.


Are Americans smarter than ever?

September 9, 2011, at 12:15 PMThe nation’s IQ scores have kept climbing over the past 100 years. Does that mean we’re brighter than our forebears?


War in Libya  

A rebel fighter and crates of shells in a Tripoli factory: Moammar Gadhafi's abandoned arsenal of missiles and chemical weapons could pose a big threat if it falls into the wrong hands.


Libya: A terrorist ‘arms bazaar’?

September 9, 2011, at 11:58 AMThe rebels have toppled Moammar Gadhafi and sent his army scrambling. Now if only Libya’s new leaders could round up the despot’s weapons

Remembering the Unforgettable

Amil Imani

It is said that “powerlessness frustrates and absolute powerlessness frustrates absolutely; absolute frustration is a dangerous emotion to run a world with.”


9/11 Tested America’s Openness to Trade and Immigration
by Daniel Griswold.

President Obama’s Jobs Dilemma
Jagadeesh Gokhale in the Huffington Post.

Manmade Disasters
Michael D. Tanner on government spending in National Review (Online).

A Decade after 9/11: America Is Less Confident, Less Secure, and Less Free
by Doug Bandow.

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